Microsoft has admitted that a number of a major server applications will fail to operate correctly if users install Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 (SP1).
Microsoft’s support website reveals that when SP1 is installed, it changes default settings for a number of packages and users may have to make changes to their server configuration to accommodate SP1’s new tools and other features.
While the extent of the problem isn’t as severe as the incompatibility problems caused by the introduction of Windows XP SP2 for desktops last year, Microsoft has admitted that the performance of server products from Computer Associates and Citrix are affected by SP1, as well as those from Microsoft itself.
Another affected package is HP InsightManager, used widely to manage Compaq and HP installations. Microsoft has urged users of InsightManager to contact HP. Other problem software includes Kerio Server Firewall 1.0, NetIQ Group Policy Administrator 2.0 and AppManager 6.0.
Microsoft warned users that they might have make changes to the way they configure Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server 2004 and Systems Management Server (SMS) 2003. Fixes for the problems are listed on the Microsoft website.
Microsoft has issued a patch for another problem relating to using Microsoft Outlook Web Access (OWA) to access a user's mailbox located on an Exchange cluster.